We all saw the return of Brian Matusz to the mound for the first time this season. Overall, he was extremely strong. Matusz went 5 2/3 innings and looked like the same pitcher who emerged as a force for Baltimore at the end of last season.
Matusz threw 84 pitches and left with the game tied at one in the sixth inning. Matusz seemed to look better as the game went on and it's too bad that he didn't get to go longer. Considering the precarious starting pitching the Orioles have received over the past week or so, seeing Matusz on the mound should bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
Matusz was helped by amazing defense -- especially Jones’ catch in the fourth inning – plus mixing up his pitches. The bullpen for Baltimore kept everything else in control as Jim Johnson, and Koji Uehara kept the Mariners at bay. Kevin Gregg got the save, as he pitched a perfect ninth inning.
For Seattle, big Michael Pineda also shined on the mound as he went seven innings and gave up a run. Boy, if all goes well in Seattle in the near future, will they ever have a scary pitchings staff with Felix Hernandez and Pineda as a 1-2 combo.